“All of us do not have equal talent. Yet, all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.” These words have rightly been quoted by Mr. Ratan Tata. India is a land of different cultures, religions, and people come from a variety of backgrounds. Each culture renders people with immense talent which garlands and nourishes India with a variety of skills.
The multi-cultural lingual of our country is the only reason that India has delivered many such talented faces which have made us proud. But when we come to talk about a particular region, Indian Muslim community is one such group of people who have flourished the country with their talent and hard work. While there are hundreds of such great personalities, but we have listed the some of them here.Looking at the list we felt they are Indian first, religion doesn’t even cross our mind.
1.APJ ABDUL KALAM
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, a prominent Indian scientist served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. Renowned for his pivotal role in the nation’s civilian space programme and military missile development, he was known as the Missile Man of India. He made significant contributions to India’s Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998 which established him as a national hero. Immensely popular during his presidential term, he earned the pioneer of People’s President.
He was honored with several awards including the Bharat Ratna, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Veer Savarkar Award, Ramanujan Award, among the few. On 27 July 2015, he died of a sudden cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong. Several scientific and educational institutions and even Islands were renamed after him following his death.
“Nations consist of people. And with their effort, a nation can accomplish all it could ever want”
2. SANIA MIRZA
One of the most popular tennis players, this woman has broken all fallacies that ablaze against Muslim girls. Sania Mirza has bagged many singles championships against her name and she has also won the Girls’ Doubles title at Wimbledon. She has been honored with many prestigious awards like Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Arjuna Award, etc. She is regarded as one of the finest doubles players in the world and without any doubts one of the finest tennis players to have ever represented India. She is married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik but represents India in tennis, that speaks volume.
3. A.R. RAHMAN
Although he needs no introduction but here it is. This Hindu turned Muslim Indian composer, singer, songwriter and musician never fail to enchant us with his soothing and mesmerizing voice. Whether he sings, writes or even plays an instrument, he always excels in every field transferring us completely in the state of tranquillity. Born in Chennai he is popularly known as the ‘Mozart of Madras’. He has given many beautiful hits to India including ‘Vande Mataram’, ‘Jai Ho’, ‘Maa Tujhe Salaam’ including many other hits. He has bagged many national as well as international awards like Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, Grammy Award, Vijay Award, etc.
“If music wakes you up, makes you think, heals you, then, I guess the music is working”.
4. YUSUF HAMIED
Many of us don’t know about him much but he is a man who saves thousands of lives today. No, he isn’t a doctor. This billionaire Indian scientist and businessman is the chairman of Cipla pharmaceuticals which is best known for providing affordable drugs for various diseases. He has been the Managing Director for Cipla for nearly 52 years and has bagged many achievements which include Padma Bhushan for the fight against AIDS and the CNN-IBN Indian of the year Business Award.
“I don’t want to make money off these diseases which cause the whole fabric of society to crumble”
5. USTAD ZAKIR HUSSAIN
Ustad Zakir Hussain, is undoubtedly the most famous Tabla player of India and he is popularly known as the ‘Tabla Maestro’ or the ‘Tabla Man’ of our country. His immense talent is not only popular in India but the echoes of his Tabla sounds also reverberates all over the world. He has even composed music for many movies like ‘In Custody’, ‘Heat and Dust’ naming a few for which he won many accolades like Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Kalidas Samman, Grammy Award, etc.
“Creative people’s work should not be tied to politics or religion. Music and art is a religion in itself.”
6. ABDUL HAMID
Havildar Abdul Hamid is Indian Army’s one of the most celebrated and revered soldiers of all time. Many of us don’t know but this Param Vir Chakra Awardee who died in 1965 defending our country during the Indo-Pak war had destroyed eight Pakistani Patton tanks with his 106 recoilless guns and it was recorded in the history. He is honored as the Tank Buster of the Army.
“SARVADA SHAKTISHALI” these were the words that were documented in Abdul Hamid’s act of valor.
7. MOHAMMED RAFI
The greatest playback singer with most different and varied styles of music along with the perfect of melodies and all the beautiful ‘Sur’ and ‘Taal’ which you can hum anytime you want. Yes, we are talking about none other than but Mohammed Rafi. He is very well known for his versatility in music as well as all the soulful songs he delivered to the music industry as well as the film industry. We can never be tired of listening to his songs like ‘Kya Hua Tera Vaada’ and ‘Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe’.
8. JAVED AKHTAR
We love his voice, his words, and of course all the teachings he gives us with his altogether different and beautiful perspective of this world. Along with lyrics and screenwriting, he writes beautiful Urdu poetry which is reflected in his works like ‘Tarkash’, ‘Lava’ and many more. He has received many film awards along with many prestigious awards like Padmabhushan, Avadh Ratna, and Indira Gandhi award.
“Kyu dare Zindagi me kya hoga, Kuch Na Hoga toh tajurba Hoga”.
9. SHAHRUKH KHAN
‘SRK’, ‘King of Bollywood’, ‘Badshah’, he is known by so many names and one cannot compare his personality, dedication, and will-power with any other actor. He is popularly known for his romantic roles and he has worked with almost all the actresses in the industry. He has also bagged the title of ‘King of Romance’. Started as an actor in drama series, he has come a long way and given us great hits which we can savor upon anytime. ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’ and ‘Swades’ are some of his movies among many more super hit ones.
“There is only one religion in the world- Hard Work”.
10. AZIM PREMJI
Globally recognized software industry, Wipro Limited is led by this famous Indian Business Tycoon, investor, and Philanthropist. He is popularly known as the Czar of the IT Industry because of his immense hard work and dedication towards his work. His knowledge, wisdom, and capabilities have bagged him many awards like Padma Bhushan, Faraday Medal and CNN-IBN Indian Of the Year Outstanding Award.
“If people are not laughing at your goals, your goals are too small”.
India feels always proud to have an immense presence of these brave, kind-hearted, and such dedicated souls. We salute each and every one. Jai Hind.